Integrating Evidence Based Decision Making into Primary Care
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The past century has seen vast improvements in population health, much of which can be attributed not only to significant scientific discoveries, but to efforts to translate those discoveries into practice more readily. However, with many chronic diseases remaining, new epidemics being introduced, and a changing healthcare landscape characterized by the integration of mental and behavioral health care into primary care settings, it is increasingly imperative that the healthcare field more rapidly integrate high-quality research evidence (e.g., effective clinical interventions and practice guidelines) into clinical practice.
Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a multi-component approach to inform clinical practice decision making in an effort to maximize improvements to population health. EBDM theorizes that clinical decisions are best informed when they are based on 1) a rich understanding of population characteristics, needs, values, and preferences; 2) practitioner expertise and other existing resources; and 3) the best available research evidence while 4) accounting for the current environmental and organizational context.
Alex Ramsey, PhD, is a NIMH Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work. Dr. Ramsey received his PhD in Applied Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 2012, with an emphasis in behavioral health interventions and program evaluation.
The University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEUs) for this activity.
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